Rodizio Rico (Islington)

77-78 Upper Street, Islington, London, N1 0NU - View on a map
Telephone: 020 7354 1076

Rodizio Rico (Islington) Restaurant In London
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Overall 9.0
Food 8.0
Service 10.0
Atmosphere 9.0
Value 9.0
Based on 1 reviews

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I don't know why other people were saying bad things about this restaurant. I was worried when reading the reviews because at that point I had already paid a deposit for a group of 20 people. As it happens the service was excellent, the food good, the bbq kept coming very often and we had a wonderful time. Only a couple of friends mentioned their beef being tough but most of us found it very delicious.
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Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tonight I broke up with Rodizio Rico.

We'd not been for a few years but I remembered my first few times fondly. Since then, the London street food scene has absolutely exploded and I can get a far superior meal in a once abandoned carpark in Hackney or Shoreditch for a fraction of the price but it was a special occasion so we gave it another shot.

We visited tonight for my birthday and I was giddy like a school kid when the other half told me thats where she was taking me.

Noticed straight away that the BBQ had jumped from £18 last time I went to £25 now.

Salad bar - well really who cares. You're not here for that! It was however, and the Lasagne was as righteous as I remember. Crumbed bananas (definitely were not plantains) were spot on.

Then came the meat. LOTS of sausages. It seemed like a constant stream of sausages. Pork and Chicken tonight. Both were great. Beef was thin on the ground though. One very tough skirt steak did the rounds which looked great but was tough as leather. I had to give up on chewing a few mouthfuls and spit them out. Not ideal!

Another course announced as 'beef neck' was better, but the overall feeling was they weren't seasoning their cuts much and the meat was of a poor standard. Chicken hearts - we passed. Lamb - very dry. Pork loin - VERY dry.

£65 for 2 for BBQ, a beer and a wine, with a 10% service charge. Left feeling full but sad that it was to be the last time we'd be coming back. Service very much a case of bringing you a drink then leaving you to it. Nobody concerened with the experience or wether we were enjoying ourselves. No second drink offered. No beers on tap either.

I was also surprised to see the restaurant half empty at 7.30pm on a Friday night. Good luck Rodizio Rico!
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Paul Harding
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5
Saturday, September 07, 2013

Meat quality is terrible. Service adequate, not enough time servicing meat and they think because they serve it on a skewer they can take their time. Just hand the god damn meat out...
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Overall rating 1 stars
Food 0 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 0
Saturday, April 13, 2013

I am really sad to say but will not be going back there even though the food is so good :(

I took my partner and his mum there for Easter Lunch and before booking confirmed that I have both the Groupon vouchers, which was ok. As we arrived on the day we got stopped at the door - asked for the vouchers, then the manager was called, so he can scan them on his Iphone, that didn't work, another waiter chipped in to do that. Good 10 mins later we finally were seated, then we waited more for drinks order to be taken. When I ordered Strawberry caipirinja - was told straight it is not included in my vouchers - i didnt ask if it was or not, then the waitress walked off and never returned, by then i went to ask the "Manager" whats going on - he then said they checked the website in regards my vouchers!!!! I just could not believe - if i knew any of this would hapen - would have just paid the full price and avoid the embarrsment.

End of the day - the food is really good - but do not go there with vouchers as you will be treated as an idiot. Would never recomend this place to anyone.
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Overall rating 5 stars
Food 9 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 6
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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